FOLLOWING, A SNEAK PREVIEW OF SOME OF THE LATEST RESOURCES TO HIT THE MART.
Byline: Cami Alexander / with contributions from Holly Haber
FEDERICO MARIEL, Room 2F55
Gypsy has set up camp at Federico Mariel. Designed by Karen Fowler from Los Angeles, the item-driven line features pants, skirts, blouses and coats embellished with mesh, lace and beading in silk doupioni, chiffon and charmeuse as well as rayon satin.
“I pull my styles from different cultures with a very Bohemian, unconventional, yet sophisticated look,” said Fowler. “My clothes are meant for that ‘on-the-go’ woman who wants to be sexy and stylish with a very carefree attitude.”
Gypsy is priced from $55 to $190.
Vasvari, based in Phoenix and Dallas, is also new to Federico Mariel. Vasvari is a feminine T-shirt and top line featuring body-hugging tops offered in various styles, lengths and sleeve lengths in a vibrant array of colors. All items are in solid colors and constructed of a cotton-nylon blend with a textured fabrication or a soft cotton and Lycra spandex rib knit.
Styles include tanks, one-shoulders, crisscrosses, wraps, three types of V-necks, spaghetti straps and one-inch straps designed to cover a bra.
“Our mission was and is to create the ultimate and best-fitting refined T-shirt and top line,” said designer Lisa Smith. “The outstanding fit allows you to look your best.”
EDDIE LEON, Room 2G50
Rock ‘n’ roll and pop television have come together to create a new Los Angeles-based company, Outlaw Girl, founded by Nikki Sixx, one of the guitarists from Motley Crue, and former Baywatch babe Donna D’Errico. Outlaw Girl’s cotton and Lycra embroidered top line is designed by Kevin Port to have the “rock ‘n’ roll streetwear look,” said Marty Leon, son of Eddie Leon and a representative in the showroom.
Outlaw Girl is marketed to department stores and boutiques catering to the 16-to 25-year-old customer. The tops feature Pop Art with lots of faces, tattoo prints running down the sleeves, mesh sleeves and fake fur trim.
“It’s a contemporary line, but the fit goes across the board,” said Leon. “It’s not just for a young girl.”
Outlaw Girl wholesales from $9.50 to $15.
The emphasis at Kept Secret, a new line designed by Alex Ticse in Los Angeles, is on vividly colored and printed tops. In fact, Kept Secret offers more than 100 prints on its polyester, Lycra and cotton tops. Geared toward moderately priced specialty stores and boutiques, Kept Secret wholesales from $9.50 to $12.
STUDIO DESIGNER ACCESSORIES,
Kathi Kilburn Accessories
Studio Designer Accessories has several new lines to offer this fall.
J.P. Ourse is new to the Dallas Mart, with an extensive line of leather accessories, including handbags, wallets, clutches, eyeglass and CD cases, portfolios, totes and even mouse pads and animal-shaped coin purses. The colors include all the basics plus some eye-catching shades for spring, including red, orange, indigo, olive and purple. Wholesale price points range from $8.50 to $64.00.
Vero Santes’ accessories line is all made from soft and supple paja toquilla straw from Ecuador. It offers an array of colorful cowboy hats and wide-rimmed sun hats with matching straw bags bearing leather handles, embroidery and floral appliques.
Hats wholesale from $45 to $55, and bags from $45 to $65.
Laura Madrigano is a line of tote bags in all sizes, shapes and fabrics, including burlap, silk, oilcloth, toile, UltraSuede and tapestry. Most are in neutral colors, with a few brights thrown in for spring.
Some of the burlap totes have a silk floral lining and are reversible; others are adorned with special touches such as bows or ribbon, and one is accented with artificial grapes. They wholesale for $38 to $119.
Kathi Kilburn Accessories specializes in belts made of calf, crocodile and haircalf. Most come in black, brown and tan, but there are a few in red and some animal prints in the collection. Widths vary, and most feature large decorative metal or rhinestone buckles. For animal lovers, there’s a sister line of collars for pets. They’re wholesale priced from $24 to $46.
XCESSORIES, Room 4G26
Radio Yota is the first collection from Yota Watchworks out of New York. Designed by Anne Herlihy, Radio Yota is a collection of stainless-steel watches with stainless steel bracelets or Italian water-resistant leather bands. All styles are water resistant and many are unisex. Each watch comes packaged in a leather transistor radio (which actually works) and has an opening through which the watch dial can be seen.
“[The collection] draws inspiration from the usual vocabulary of vintage radios, but each watch is a modern timepiece that stands on its own,” said Herlihy. “The unique packaging makes it perfect for gift giving, and the target age is broad: 20 to 45.”
Radio Yota wholesales from $35 to $100.
CATRINKA, Room 4C47
New at Catrinka is Muchacha, a line of dresses, separates and coats from Barcelona, Spain.
The line features georgette tops in Asian prints, coated cottons in plaids and solids, and viscose, Lycra and polyester striped separates with ruffled and frayed hems and collars. There’s also floral painted stretch-denim jeans and skirts, and viscose and Lycra knit tops. Colors include camel, lipstick red, slate blue, army green and fresh peach. Some items also include Bohemian screen printing, and there’s a Moulin Rouge-inspired dress grouping.
“It’s a really young, contemporary line, specializing in European techno fabrications and treatments at terrific prices,” said Catherine Etheridge Brock at Catrinka. Wholesale price points range from $16 to $54.
Cite, a line of novelty tops designed by Ireen Long and Charli Kim out of New York, was introduced to the Dallas International Apparel Mart in August. Skirts and pants will join the line at the October show.
Cite offers a variety of contemporary tops for day and evening in rayon and nylon, silk and spandex or viscose and spandex. Offerings range from halters and double V-necks to one-shoulder tops and cardigans. Most feature some sort of embellishment, including sequins, appliques, beading, hand-crocheted finishes or see-through backs. New for spring is a metallic group in which the front and back are different colors. The pieces are also reversible.
The line draws on international suppliers, with yarn from Japan and stretch fabric pants made in France. Wholesale price points range from $30 to $60.
VIRGINIA UTT SALES
Sara Campbell Dresses
Boston-based Sara Campbell Ltd. introduced Sara Campbell Dresses at Virginia Utt Sales in August. The line features mostly casual and comfortable dresses with a “sportswear feeling,” but also includes some understated career and special-occasion dresses. Fabrics used in the line include cotton, linen, silk, polyester and rayon crepes, as well as cotton and linen blends and silk blends. Many of the pieces are washable.
“It is an all-American dress collection for all age groups — for ladies who want to be current, but not over the edge,” said Sara Campbell.
The line will be sold only to specialty stores and ranges in price from $59 to $119 wholesale.
SCOTT HARNER & CO.,
Room 4B55 & 4A57
Como has a new home in the Dallas Mart at Scott Harner & Co. The Montreal-based line is designed by Pena Ianelli, formerly with David Bitton.
Created for the 25-to-45-year-old customer who wants a young look, Como specializes in novelty tops, bottoms and dresses in silk, cotton and linen. Its trademarks are bright colors and mixed patterns, as well as details such as beading and embroidery.
“It’s a very item-driven collection,” said Harner. “The collection business right now is very challenging. Como realizes that.
“If someone wants to buy a top with a matching or coordinating bottom, they can, but they’ve made a lot of pieces that will stand on their own. We realize that stores aren’t buying a lot of collections right now.”
Como wholesales from $39 to $159.
STEVE WEISBERG & ASSOCIATES, Room 2423
New to Steve Weisberg’s showroom is Charlotte, a line of dresses and separates by designer Charlotte Forish from Corte Madera, Calif.
The line consists of bias-cut dresses and separates with some reversible pieces in printed rayon georgette and a hand-painted silk and rayon chiffon as well as a rayon and linen blend group featuring dresses and separates with embroidery and beaded detailing.
The line is designed for the misses’ customer sized small through extra large and wholesales for $25 to $70.
MEDALLIAS BY FOREE
HUNSICKER, Room 4G64
Medalias by Foree Hunsicker is planning for a red, white and blue market. Responding to buyers’ demands as well as the national surge in patriotism following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Medalias has reintroduced its series of American flag jewelry made of beadwork on sterling. “It’s an eye catcher, and we can still make them,” said Hunsicker, who designs the line and owns the company.
Options range from sterling dangle earrings in the shape of a flag with red, white and blue beading to a leather belt covered in a flag. The beaded flag earrings wholesale for $35 and the belt is $225. Necklaces and pins are about $38 to $87. One of Hunsicker’s signature pieces is a sterling necklace featuring six historic American flags. It wholesales for $250.